My name is Dana, and I live in Miami, FL. I'm a designer, front-end developer, and former founder of Aurous Group.
I have over 12 years of experience in design, and I started front-end development not long later to simplify the process for clients, in most cases, they don't have to hire anyone else to get a website done unless it requires a custom back-end development.
I believe that designers should be able to understand the concept of back-end development process to smoothen the project process.
I specialize in design for:
- Websites & webapps
- Android & iOS mobile apps
- UX/UI thinking, prototyping, A/B testing
- Logo & brand identity
- Interface design by easing user usability and make the interface pleasant for users to view and interact
- Desktop apps
- Miscellaneous design (banners, advertisements, spec design for a page on Steam, etcetera)
I always stay up to date on the latest design and technology by reading newsletters, articles, design related sites, inspirations, and various other materials.
My software program of choice is Adobe Photoshop for web design, app design, and other work; Illustrator for logos, brand identity and icons; InDesign for PDFs and presentations.
I write HTML5, CSS3 & some JS/jQuery (libraries) with SCSS preprocessor. I use Twitter Bootstrap for base CSS frameworks for most projects.
I also build themes for WordPress, set it up and create an eCommerce site with Woocommerce, or quiz page, or any plugins WordPress offers without back-end developers help. I dabble in PHP if they need any editing. WordPress is useful for clients who want to continually update the site, post news or blogs, or own a shopping site.
I use npm+gulp for automatic workflow and git for version control and backups. I continually optimize my setup to maximize workflow, save client costs, and deliver the best result possible.
I work and maintain remotely for several long-term clients with their more significant projects while taking new projects sometimes here and there. I work with Delta Airlines, Millers Brewing Company, Microsoft, Yahoo! University of Houston, Payday A/S and some other corporates. I also worked on a few open source projects which have gone viral online.
My contributions to the community
I contribute to the community by writing tutorials and uploading respositories on GitHub to better help people in need. Here is one some of the gulp tutorials I've written "How to start using Gulp in minutes " for developers who want to start using Gulp and I made a kit "SCSS Bootstrap starter kit" for beginners and advanced users who want a base framework on which to start their new projects. I've tutored and trained students for web design and front-end development.